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The second edition of this popular text has been revised and updated to include the new Professional Standards needed to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Tackling these elusive but fundamental aspects of children’s development, this text places the importance of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding in a cross-curricular context. It directly links between children’s attainment and the wider aspects of personal development, beliefs and values, explaining the environment in which learning flourishes and demonstrating how trainees can promote this in their teaching. In addition, it helps enrich the trainee teacher’s experience, laying firm foundations for their continuing professional development.
This book is designed to serve as a personal development resource for all who work in schools and have responsibility for the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. It provides materials for staff development activities and resources for use in classrooms. The first section covers the background, relating to the Every Child Matters agenda; the second section offers practical strategies for implementing the key components of spiritual and moral development as outlined in the first section.
Drawing on successful practice, and relating such practice to theoretical insights, this comprehensive treatment of the challenge of educating children spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally offers enlightenment for individual teachers’ classroom practice as well as for whole-school approaches.